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Wine Tasting Note: Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.  Add/Read Comments



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Cousiño Macul Sauvignon GrisNot something you see much of is Sauvignon Gris, especially from the New World. This example brought in from Chile is the only example I have seen on a shelf. Using the new wine blog search returned few entries - there is my note on another Chilean bottling from Casa Marin and a tasting-note-less mention that the Domaine de La Saulzaie Sauvignon Gris, 2005, Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France from a Vin de Pays tasting was another worth seeking out. And that is about all I could find. Even Wikipedia defaults to the Sauvignon Blanc entry... Sauvignon Gris - originates in Bordeaux, tastes a bit like a Sauvignon Blanc and doing rather well in Chile. Low yields explains its relative planting rarity.


White WineWine Tasting Note: Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.
Purchased from Planet of the Grapes [more info] for £6.99.
Very pale, watery colour. Pronounced if simple aroma - lime, a touch of spice, a sprinkling of white flowers. The palate is very clean, very crisp, very pure flavours - light lime, touch of floweriness and a finishing twist of sherbet.

The initial tasting may have suffered by being over-chilled; the following day a little more complexity was evident; a tropical edge to the fruit, peaches and orange. Full bodied. Alcohol 14%. Treat as a Sauvignon Blanc but with a little more body and less gooseberry/mineral influence.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

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I'm drinking tne 2007 right now and enjoying it so much I had to find out more. Thanks for pointing out the touch of orange - it's there in scent and taste. An unusually delicious, complex wine for under £10

I tasted Sauvignon Gris for the first time yesterday and was inspired to find out more. Montana the NZ winery are about to bottle, it was beautiful, like a subtle sauvignon with flavours of ripe pear, I was mightily impressed. Could be big!

There is another winery in Chile called "Casa Silva" that has a great Sauvignon Gris, the best I've tasted so far. Hard to find it here in the US. It has a little touch of greenish color to it, but once it airates it gets a little lighter in color (silverish). It's great with cheeses and nuts.

Another Sauvignon Gris that seems worth trying is from France as recommended in the new book by Oz Clarke - details here http://www.spittoon.biz/oz_clarke_250_best_wines_2010.html

I'll have to keep a look out for the Casa Silva too, thanks for the rec matey.

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